Patrick Vieira: leaderless Arsenal won't win the league

Patrick Vieira

Legend puts boot in to Arsenal's title ambitions, insisting current Gunners side can't win dirty

LAST UPDATED AT 12:12 ON Tue 10 Dec 2013

PATRICK Vieira has slammed Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League title this season by claiming his former side lack leadership on the field, The Daily Mirror reports.

Arsenal last won a trophy in 2005, when, fittingly, Vieira scored the decisive penalty that saw them lift the FA Cup against rivals Manchester United.

Interviewed as part of an ITV documentary about the Frenchman and his rival Roy Keane, Vieira admits the league leaders are still attractive to watch, but doubts their title chances.

"When you look at Arsenal, they play fantastic football," he said. "But sometimes you need to win games playing badly and I don't think Arsenal are capable of that at the moment."

He added: "Maybe there is a lack of leadership - they don't have a Tony Adams, Martin Keown or Sol Campbell. These are players who can be leaders on or off the field."

The documentary, entitled Keane and Vieira: Best of Enemies, will air on ITV4 tonight. The programme sees the pair revisit landmark moments from both their careers and candidly discuss their former sides' famous rivalry.

Vieira opened up about the events that followed his famous penalty in 2005.

"I had no idea that Cup final would be my last game,'' he said. "I wasn't thinking about leaving at all.''

He added: "The club didn't really fight to keep me or ask me to stay. I was really close to leaving for Real Madrid the year before - the deal was done between the two clubs - but I wanted to finish my career at Arsenal." · 

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Is Vieira passionate about Arsenal winning the EPL and so expressing his fears about the gunners not being able to do so? Has he now turned in to a prophet of doom-to his former club.Whatever he says that won't count in May. Arsenal don't have any pressure to win the league this season. Partrick's ManCity are the ones under pressure to win. Let them take over the leadership from the gunners then we can talk.

I take what Vieria is saying with a pinch of salt, I have no doubt but that if he wasn't an employeee of Man City he would be talking up Arsenal's chances (and then I would believe him), but as things stand how could he say that he fancies Arsenal to win the league or at least finish ahead of Man City and still command a salary and respect at the Etihaad tomorrow!!?? and I speak as a Koppite...

was this filmed before the starrt of the season? Read the papers. 5 points clear. do the math

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